Sunday, January 31, 2021

cryptocurrency: India’s cryptocurrency bill catches industry off-guard; investors nervous - The Economic Times

MUMBAI: India’s cryptocurrency community was swept by a wave of nervousness and confusion after the government on Friday said it would introduce a bill in Parliament to aid creation of a sovereign digital currency by the Reserve Bank of India and ban all private cryptocurrencies.

“The bill seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India. However, it would allow certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses,” the government said in its remarks on the bill.

via economictimes.indiatimes.com

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Calgary police take travelling woman into mandatory isolation, but refuse to tell family where she is - The Western Standard

The new rules weren’t even announced yet Thursday night, but it appears officials at YYC were ready.

“(My wife Nikki) arrived in Calgary tonight and when she got there she was greeted by a Police Officer and an AHS official,” wrote Pastor Chris Mathis on his Facebook page.

“They rejected her results and told her she needed to go immediately to an isolation facility. She was told if she resisted she would be arrested. She called me, and I immediately asked to talk with the officer. I talked with both a police officer and the AHS official, they reiterated what she had said to me. I asked for the address of where she would be, they said they could not give me the location address as it was confidential.

“I asked for their names, again they would not give me any information or their names. I pushed, I questioned, I tried to fight but they said they would arrest her if she resisted. They would not give me any information on where they were taking my wife.

“She was not allowed to get her vehicle from the airport, she was immediately put in a white van surrounded by police escorts and taken to an unknown facility that is under full surveillance and has security at every entrance and exit. You can imagine I am barely keeping myself together wondering what in the world has happened in our country in what seems to be overnight.”

Earlier, Trudeau also announced all Canadian airlines had agreed to cancel all the flights to sun and sand destinations until the end of April.

“We all agree that now is just not the time to be flying,” Trudeau said.

via westernstandardonline.com

This pastor doesn't know where the Canadian government *took his wife*?

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Why a 'sex toy bookshelf' on the BBC is nothing to be ashamed of

Occasionally something happens that manages to delight absolutely everyone at the same time. Think of Professor Robert Kelly whose children burst in during his television interview about North Korea in 2017, or back in 2016 when we all got obsessed with a livestream of a really big puddle in Newcastle. Well, now we have a new distraction from the mind numbing tedium of pandemic life. The BBC dildo....

via www.telegraph.co.uk

Good lord.

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Exclusive: Tony Blair calls on Boris Johnson to lead drive for global vaccine passport

Tony Blair has called on the Government to establish a single global vaccine passport scheme through the G7, or risk others dictating the rules.

In a detailed report published by the Tony Blair Institute (TBI), he said current border restrictions were “disjointed” and urged the UK to “place the creation of a global Covid-19 travel pass as a key item on the G7 agenda” - a body which Britain currently leads.

The report added that the much tougher international travel restrictions announced on Wednesday by the Prime Minister would be much more difficult to eventually unwind without a vaccine passport.

Mr Blair said the passport should be digital and capable of tracking and verifying an individual’s coronavirus “status” wherever they travel in the world. Included would be details of any vaccination they had, together with the results of Covid-19 test results.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

Strikes me as a horrible idea.

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Why is the Netherlands rioting over COVID?

Last week, as the more contagious coronavirus variant began to spread within the Netherlands, the government announced a strict lockdown, including a nighttime curfew between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. The curfew, the first since World War II, came despite falling cases and contrasted with the country’s comparatively lax restrictions early in the pandemic. But since Saturday, the image of the Netherlands as a bucolic country of bridges and bikes has taken a turn, as the worst riots in 40 years have swept over 10 cities in response to the lockdowns. Rioters blew up a pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam, while others burned bikes, looted and vandalized property, and clashed with police. After three days of unrest, Tuesday night saw smaller crowds, more police, and less violence. Yet the country is still on high alert, as the national police chief warned that this reprieve doesn’t necessarily mean the riots have ended.

via slate.com

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Where Now Grizzly Bear? | Hakai Magazine

A bear emerges from dense vegetation and pauses on the shore. It’s early spring, and the young grizzly has only recently roused from hibernation, ravenous and driven. He lifts his head and gazes out across the falling tide to the opposite shore, where forested slopes are close enough to make out individual trees. The bear stands and sniffs the air.

via www.hakaimagazine.com

We have persecuted the grizzly bear. Though to be fair, they are enormous, voracious, and as their scientific name suggests, quite horrible, and practically impossible to kill.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Agent Fired from Literary Agency for Using Parler and Gab

In a series of tweets posted Monday morning, De Chiara wrote that the agency decided to terminate Oefelein after her use of Parler and Gab was brought to the agency's attention. The tweets were initially accessible to the public, but by late Tuesday afternoon they were listed as protected. A notice on Twitter said access to the tweets is granted only to De Chiara's approved followers.

"The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency was distressed to discover this morning, January 25th, that one of our agents has been using the social media platforms Gab and Parler. We do not condone this activity, and we apologize to anyone who has been affected or offended by this," De Chiara wrote. "The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency has in the past and will continue to ensure a voice of unity, equality, and one that is on the side of social justice."

via www.msn.com

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Giant rats could be trained to sniff out COVID-19, scientists say

GLASGOW, Scotland — As vaccinations ramp up across the globe, finding out who does and doesn’t have COVID-19 remains a major hurdle. Now, researchers say rats may be able to help sniff out the coronavirus pandemic before it spreads further.

via www.studyfinds.org

I knew we could put those giant rats to work.

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Average human is fatter than an elephant, unique obesity study reveals

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — How are those New Year’s weight loss resolutions going so far? For people who need more motivation to cut the fat out of their diet, a new study finds your average elephant is probably in better shape than most humans. An international research team says, despite their massive size, zoo elephants actually carry less body fat than the average person.

via www.studyfinds.org

I've done my part to lose weight. I've lost 60 lbs. What's this? 50? There must be something wrong with my scales.

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Meet the Censored: Status Coup - TK News by Matt Taibbi

“I absolutely think there’s a campaign against independent content creators, especially live,” Fischer says. “Major outlets face no such technical issues.”

This makes any attempt to build an alternative news outlet a steep uphill climb, even when there’s a positive audience response, as Chariton has found out. Formerly with The Young Turks, Chariton’s niche is national news from a left/progressive perspective, with special emphasis on the area where corporate outlets once had a near-monopoly, e.g. on-location production of images and reporting.

via taibbi.substack.com

Evidently it's not only right wing news sources that are being censored by YouTube.

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